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Camping differently

Date: 18/07/2013
Source: Camping, Cars & Caravans (Extraits)

A boating holiday with your caravan is becoming ever more popular and is opening up a whole new dimension of the travel experience for caravanners. Caravans can now float, so effectively they turn into a houseboat. It is possible to have a motorised pontoon or platform that is big enough (up to 8.50 m long and 2.50 m wide) to take a trailer with a laden weight of up to 2.2 tonnes.
Technically speaking, this floating pitch is a twin-hulled raft with a half-metre draft, also known as a catamaran. Buoyancy is obtained by means of very large polyethylene floats attached lengthwise on each side of the platform.

When fully charged, the 12V battery will last for a few days after which you have to plug in to the national grid for 8 hours. When the boat is moored, the Freecamper’s onboard batteries can be recharged automatically by connecting to the electricity supply on land. The caravan also has a 230V battery available. A gas-operated refrigerator is recommended. A waste water tank (capacity 300 litres) sits between the floats. Waste water from the caravan flows into the tank by means of a connecting tube. Only chemical toilets with the Blue Angel sign are permitted and they have to be emptied into the tank manually. The drinking water supply is the same as for ordinary camping. Drinking water is available wherever you moor. An outboard motor will consume 4 to 5 litres of fuel per hour, two 25-litre canisters should be adequate. The steering wheel works just like a car and one drives on the right on water, as one does on the road.
So there’s nothing standing between you and an exciting new venture, once you have picked up the detailed logbook and a set of maps!